GLOBUS 2018: Scenic Norway with Iceland (ZQE)
15 days from Oslo to Reykjavik
You'll spend 15 days exploring some of the world's most spectacular scenery on your guided tour of Norway and Iceland. Amazing alpine peaks, lakes, and fjords are woven into a landscape of mammoth glaciers, waterfalls, and geologic wonders that are waiting to be discovered. You'll begin your trip with a cruise past the famous Seven Sisters - the most photographed waterfalls in Norway's Geirangerfjord. You'll also visit Norway's longest fjord, Sognefjord which, with Naeroyfjord, radiate from Jostedal Glacier and the thundering Latefoss waterfall. Enjoy unforgettable highlights of a ferry to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau to see Northern Europe's largest stock of reindeer. Your guided Norway tour also includes trips to the Oslo and Bergen, as well as the Telemark region to see Norway's largest medieval wooden churches. Travel through the Gudbrandsdal Valley with its landscapes and folklore that inspired Ibsen, and on to Lillehammer - home to the 1994 Winter Olympics. From Norway, you'll embark on an escorted tour of the spectacular gems of Iceland. From whale-watching to mighty waterfalls, to the transcendent Northern Lights, your guided tour of Iceland will awaken the senses and spark the imagination. Your escorted Iceland tour begins in Reykjavik and its surrounding geologic and geothermal areas. You'll visit the Geysir hot springs, the giant Gullfoss Waterfall, and Lake Jokulsarlon in the national park at Skaftafell. You'll also see the largest glacier in Europe - the Vatnajokull. You'll long remember your once-in-a-lifetime Norwegian and Icelandic experience as an adventure into some of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring places on Earth.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Oslo||Welcome to Oslo! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)|
|Day 2||Oslo||Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, considered the home for Ibsen's plays; the unique Storting building, seat of Parliament; and the Royal Palace, residence of Norwegian monarchs since 1849. Stroll through magnificent FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland's extraordinary sculptures; and visit the CITY HALL, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held each year. Afterwards, an optional excursion is available to see relics of Norway's glorious seafaring past-including 1,000-year-old Viking ships! (B)|
|Day 3||Telemark||Start your tour of the land of fjords, lakes, mountains, thundering waterfalls, and gleaming glaciers with a visit of HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country's remaining medieval wooden churches. Follow the narrow Rjukan Valley via Lake Tinnsjo, where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, dashing Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb. Next is VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action celebrated in The Heroes of Telemark and recently registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn all about the dramatic events of 1943 from your Local Guide, and gain an insight into the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway's economy. Arrive in rustic, unspoiled Telemark. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Bergen||Enjoy scenic delights: the wild Hardangervidda mountain plateau, where Fridtjof Nansen prepared for his polar expeditions, and the thundering Latefoss twin-waterfall. Then, drive through the orchards along Sorfjord, whose tranquil splendor inspired Grieg's Morning Mood, and cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY. [LF] Meet the family that has owned the STEINSTO FRUIT FARM for eight generations and hear all about their history, while you taste home-made apple juice and cider. Continue to Bergen, known for its associations with the Hanseatic League. (B)|
|Day 5||Stalheim||Time this morning to explore the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen on your own and discover the colorful Bergen fish market. Later, travel via the popular lakeside resort of Voss to Stalheim. Why not join an exciting optional Flam train ride? (B,D)|
|Day 6||Loen||This morning, enjoy a CRUISE on spectacular Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord. Next, visit Fjaerland's excellent NORWEGIAN GLACIER MUSEUM and watch a thrilling 5-screen film. Then see Boyabreen, one of the branches that radiate from Jostedal Glacier into the surrounding valleys, and enjoy the rugged mountain scenery as you approach the tunnel underneath Europe's mainland largest glacier. After pristine Lake Jolster and the Vatedalen Valley, follow the shoreline of the innermost branch of Nordfjord and arrive in peaceful Loen. (B,D)|
|Day 7||Loen||Prepare for Norway's latest spectacular tourism project: the [LF] LOEN SKYLIFT, a cable car that brings you from the fjord to the top of Mount Hoven (over 3,300 feet high) in just minutes. Time to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Lovatnet, Mount Skala, Jostedal Glacier, and the Nordfjord, or follow one of the hiking trails on your own. Balance of the day at leisure. (B,D)|
|Day 8||Lillehammer||Head north via Lake Hornindal to Hellesylt to embark for a leisurely CRUISE on Geirangerfjord past the famous Seven Sisters cascade. Then, climb above the tree line to 5,000 feet for panoramic views from the GEIRANGER SKYWALK, Mount Dalsnibba's new platform above the fjord. Continue to Lom and take pictures of its lonely stave church. Drive through the wide Gudbrandsdal Valley, the lush dairy and timber land of Ibsen's drama, Peer Gynt. Arrive in Lillehammer, proud host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. (B,D).|
|Day 9||Oslo||Start your day with a picture stop at the Olympic ski jump, followed by a guided walking tour of the unique MAIHAUGEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, an encounter with Norway's culture and history and a fascinating collection of houses and farmyards. Enjoy a comfortable drive along lovely Lake Mjosa to Eidsvoll, where the country's democratic constitution was signed in 1814, before returning to Oslo. Tonight, celebrate the success of your journey with a [LF] farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Reykjavik||Transfer to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. (D)|
|Day 11||Reykjavik||An early morning optional excursion is available to the Blue Lagoon. In the afternoon, embark for an unforgettable experience: [LF] watch whales in their natural habitat. Departures January 7-April 1 & October 7-December 9 include an excursion to see the Northern Lights (weather permitting) instead. (B,D)|
|Day 12||Kirkjubaejarklaustur||After a drive through pretty Reykjavik, continue to Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, [LF] walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. Next, stop at the hot springs at Geysir for a real treat: meet the chef of the Geysir restaurant in the geothermal areas. [LF] Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Marvel at [LF] the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. (B,D)|
|Day 13||Kirkjubaejarklaustur||Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and [LF] stop at Lake Jokulsarlon, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. An exciting optional boat trip through the icebergs is available before returning to your hotel. (B,D)|
|Day 14||Reykjavik||Enjoy a spectacular drive along Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls on your way to HellisheiÃ°arvirkjun, where you will visit the geothermal heat and electric POWER STATION. Return to Reykjavik and tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at one of the city's fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Icelandic vacation. (B,D)|
|Day 15||Reykjavik||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $302. Required intra-vacation air segment are: Oslo/Reykjavik. Air prices were effective on September 13, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $1444Triple room reduction per person: $127Extra nights per person in Oslo:in single room $171-$291, in twin $94-$163, in triple $83-$129Extra nights per person in Reykjavik:in single room $311-$527, in twin $202-$311, in triple $169-$282
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